LUFC Bates - Difficult but busy summer ahead
Leeds United chairman Ken Bates says it is going to be a difficult summer bringing in new players with the longer than usual close season.
This summer there is a sixteen-week gap between the last game of this season and the first of next season, mainly due to the summer Olympics taking place in London.
Leeds boss Neil Warnock has made his intentions clear that he wants his squad for next season in place before the players return for pre-season training around the start of July.
Bates however, says it is difficult with managers, players and agents going on holidays at different times during the course of the close season.
Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Bates said, "It is going to be difficult this summer, let the fans be under no illusions about this because of a three and a half month close season and an awful lot of the players and managers who are not interested in the Olympics, will be away for extended holidays.
They do not all go together. The agent does not go at the same time as his client and the same as the club manager, if you are buying or selling.
Often you have to be very patient trying to get them together. It is not easy carrying out negotiations with somebody, when you have a time difference with somebody who as his kids on holiday in Disneyland Florida.
"Rest assured, whilst the fans are away enjoying the beautiful Yorkshire sunshine or going further afield, things at Thorp Arch and Elland Road will be very busy this summer."
Warnock is already hoping to sort out a deal to bring in a new player on May 1st saying recently that negotiations are at an advanced stage.
He will also be hoping to clear the decks at Elland Road as he starts his summer clear out to make room for new signings for what he hopes will be a squad strong enough to challenge for promotion next season.
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